Bangladesh teenager puts Eng­land in a spin

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TEENAGE debu­tant Me­hedi Hasan claimed five wick­ets for 64 runs to stun Eng­land’s top or­der and give Bangladesh the up­per hand in the first Test in Chittagong yes­ter­day.

Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow scored half­cen­turies each as Eng­land reached 258-7 at stumps on the first day, after skip­per Alas­tair Cook elected to bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowd­hury sta­dium.

Moeen sur­vived five re­views on his way to smash­ing 68 runs and Bairstow made 52 as Eng­land stead­ied against some su­perb bowl­ing from Bangladesh’s spin­ners to post a re­spectable score. Chris Woakes was 36 not out and Adil Rashid un­beaten on five.

Ex­pe­ri­enced left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan fin­ished the day with 2-46 to com­ple­ment 18-yearold Me­hedi, who be­came the sev­enth Bangladeshi bowler to take five wick­ets in his Test de­but.

“I never ex­pected such a de­but of this kind,” Me­hedi said. “I thought that I would pick up two wick­ets and score 30 runs but what hap­pened is some­thing I will re­mem­ber all my life.”

Me­hedi, named player of the tour­na­ment at the Un­der-19 World Cup ear­lier this year, made an im­me­di­ate im­pres­sion, bowl­ing Ben Duckett for 14 be­fore trap­ping Gary Bal­lance for one in his open­ing spell.

Shakib re­moved Cook for just four, in a dis­ap­point­ing start for the skip­per who be­came Eng­land’s most capped player with 134 Tests. – AFP

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